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Not much - post-birthday writing coma

 I had a fantastic few days.  Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes, and thanks to everyone who turned up for Thursday and Friday night's fun.  We must go dancing more often - I had a blast.

Bob and I went out antique shopping on Saturday, and I now have more things for my creche - which is set up on my dining table.  I need a frame/box setup for it, since it is much bigger than the small stable doohickey I got several years ago.  I also incorportated the tavern model Bob made - it's next to the stable, with a little sign on the door that says "no room - try at stable".

I have a thing for 1940s and '50s christmas bits - I love chenille creatures and strange plastic Santas.  I have mostly populated my creche with old children's toy animals and vintage christmas bits (I also have a couple of extra wise men, but I'm claiming they're attendants, since every king needs attendants).  There just happen to be a couple of lead soldiers with gas masks and a porter, but peace on earth, etc. and someone to carry Mary's bags - it all makes sense if you don't think about it too hard.

The creche is my only real Christmas thing this year, since we will be spending christmas with Bob's relatives.  We might put the artificial tree up at the house (half the Christmas ornaments are down there anyway), but we'll see.  We're not even doing much present giving, just stockings for each other, since we prefer to spend money on the house.

Speaking of spending money, Bob got me the new Hardwick Hall textiles book and a gorgeous wreath brooch for my birthday - soooooo cool.  The book is drool-worthy in the extreme, especially since I've been wrestling with the research for furnishing the Governor's House at Jamestown.  I'm working on the layout for the bed cover (mine, not the Governor's) and the wool arrived a couple of days ago (I'm going to need considerably more wool), but there are all sorts of new projects suggesting themselves because of this book.  Which is great, because I haven't done anything new in a while, and I'm tired of making store stock.

Well, this entry is random, isn't it?  

To round it out, we saw "The Mist" yesterday, and while I enjoyed it, be warned that the ending is not cheerful.  Don't go see it if you have young children.

And that's it.  I'll be clever tomorrow.


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Dec. 3rd, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Hooray for good birthdays!
And since I am a confirmed bibliophile... New BOOK?!! on Hardwick Hall? Please share the title. mnnnmmmm.... book.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
This one. It's pricey, but insanely worth it for all the fantastic detailed information and the close-ups of the textiles.

Edited at 2007-12-03 03:18 pm (UTC)
Dec. 3rd, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Dec. 3rd, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Max and I went to see the Mist yesterday. I think I can understand why it's getting mixed reviews from unimaginative critics who get grumpy when they find themselves being terrified by the "normal" people, rather than the monsters in a horror flick, and ding it for "deep philosophical questions don't translate well to the screen."

The hell they don't.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
The mist was intresting from a socilogical/psychological point of view. The monsters were just props to expell the virtues and vices of mankind when confronted with a difficult and unknown situation.
The ending wasn't cheerful for the main characters. However, it was cheerful (somewhat) for the one of the secondary characters at the very end. Just remember, flame throwers are an outside toy.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! for Store Stock
Just wanted to let you know I picked up a silver and amethyst necklace for my younger sister (who I have trouble buying for) and she loved it. I even caught her wearing it a couple days later for our DC trip. Yay you!! (and a big hug, smile)

So keep that store stock coming!
Dec. 3rd, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay! for Store Stock
Thanks. :) My husband and my protege are nagging me about getting the stock on line, so I should be getting my butt in gear on that soon.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hmm, how's this Hardwock Hall book for things other than embroidery? Asking because just as I found the bodget for the other one it was taken out of stock at the local big chain bookstore.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
It's *very* informative about household textiles and it goes into detail about how the different pieces were made, doing basically a detailed essay on the construction of each piece featured.
Dec. 3rd, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
*swoon* I suppose I'll have to bite down and get it, but I need the first one more and therefore first.
It so sucks: I'd been ogling the Hardwick Hall Textiles and waiting to get it, confident in the large stack. then it was *poof* gone! No clearance, no nothing! Waah!
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Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 3rd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see a picture of the creche....
Dec. 3rd, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Pictures coming soon. :)
Dec. 3rd, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
Ooooh...so jealous. I saw the book at the Cville embroidery store this past weekend. The need to save for new house and to avoid buying more stuff to move in a few months kept me from bringing it home with me.
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